Editor's Note: How protective is overprotective?
I was asked the other day if I am an overprotective parent. The question probably would have taken me aback no matter what, but I had additional reason to pause because the person asking was my 7-year-old son.
Some of his friends, when he told them he had to go home when it got dark, had told him I was. He didn’t seem offended, just curious.
So I had to stop and think. Am I overprotective? I’m protective, certainly. He has rules and boundaries that are non-negotiable: wearing a bicycle helmet, wearing a seat belt, staying within earshot of the house if he’s outside, calling me or coming home to tell me before he goes to anyone’s house.
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